Online dating is quickly becoming the norm as technology grows rapidly. Sites such as eHarmony, Christian Mingle, Black People Meet and the like are getting more and more attention as people switch from traditional dating to a more convenient form. As these internet sites caught on, developers began creating dating apps for phones, to make finding love even more efficient. Dating apps such as Tinder and OkCupid are just two of the many NC State Students said they used.
NC State Students were recently asked a series of questions pertaining to dating and technology. When asked about their experiences with online dating: 17% said they have gone on a date with someone they met through an online dating site or app, 18% said they had been contacted by someone through an online dating site or app in a way that makes them feel harassed or uncomfortable, 20% said they felt like someone else seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile and an interesting 27% said they had matched with or come across the profile of someone they already knew. Forty one percent of students surveyed said they had indeed used a dating app.
It is interesting to note that even though less than half of students said they used a dating app, 27% said they stumbled across someone they knew. Perhaps those who use dating apps run in close circles.
But out of all these percentages, only 6% have said they had been in a long-term relationship or married. Granted most of these apps are used for something less serious than a long-term relationship, but it is interesting that in a time when technology is so advanced, it is possible to find love through apps. In fact, according to Pew Research Center, the number of people in the US who know someone who uses online dating is increasing from eight years ago. Fifty seven percent of all college graduates know someone who uses online dating and 41% know someone who has met a spouse or been involved in a long-term relationship stemming from online dating. This mirrors the rates of online dating for those in the upper end of the socioeconomic spectrum, “57% of Americans with an annual household income of $75,000 or more know someone who uses online dating, and 40% know someone who met a spouse or partner this way.”
As dating apps continue to be introduced, more and more people are starting to enjoy the convenience of dating over traditional styles. NC State is no exception. As the national percentages grow, NC State will be sure to increase in online dating usages as well, and perhaps, maybe the 6% that have found love will grow as well .